Just before I started banging away on the keyboard, it hit me that although I had thought so up till that point, Hačapuri actually didn’t take my Georgian virginity. There used to be a Georgian wine place on Strēlnieku iela (now occupied by gorgeous, although over-priced café Rasols), and it really was a place of extremes. One wine would be sweet enough to nauseate a My Little Pony, while the next was like liquid wrung from sand paper. Okay, it could be debated whether wine qualifies as cuisine, but I used to work with someone who would call it ”breakfast”, and therefore my opinion is that yes, apparently it does.
So, when going to little Georgian restaurant Hačapuri on Ģertrūdes iela, I expected more of the same extremes. Instead, I found the middle of the road which didn’t seem to exist at the wine bar. As I’m sure you realize, this is for both good and bad. There is nothing there to scare me away, but there is nothing really appealing either. All the dishes I tried were on the bland side, and it’s also a bit difficult to judge what and how much to order - even though you’re ordering a main dish, some servings are ginormous while others are rather small. With prices this affordable, though, you dare to take chances. For me, however, the only pleasant surprise was a very tasty Georgian sort of lemonade which they sell in bottles.
”SHEMOMEDJAMO IS SOMETHING I HAVE EXPERIENCED A GREAT NUMBER OF TIMES”
As I sat there, quite disappointed, in the forgettable, dull-looking little restaurant, I recalled a Georgian word I learned recently: shemomedjamo. To Georgians, this word apparently describes when you keep eating although you’re full, just because the food is so good. As my voluptuous and sinful flesh will surely testify, shemomedjamo is something I have experienced a great number of times. However, the chefs at Hačapuri really need to come up with something different if they want their guests to have this sensation.
https://hacapurilv.com/ (at the time of writing, it seems they let their domain expire... not sure what's going on)